STEP 1: Food Banks Centralize the Collection of Donated and Salvaged Product
Donated product arrives from the food service industry, retailers, manufacturers, distributors, growers, processors and food drives. Food Banks also purchase protein and other special diet items to round out the mix of food available. Last year Georgia’s regional food banks distributed more than 103 million pounds of food, including 36 million pounds of nutritious – but unsold – food salvaged from retailers that would otherwise have been sent to a landfill.
STEP 2: Food Banks Inspect and Sort Food
Food Banks collect, inventory and inspect product for distribution to nearly 2,300 partner agencies and congregations in Georgia
STEP 3: Decentralized Distribution to Community Based Partner Agencies and Congregations
Nearly 2,300 partner agencies and congregations receive food from Georgia’s 7 regional Food Banks – and provide food to people in need free of charge. They include food pantries, soup kitchens, youth programs, senior centers, community kitchens, day care centers, night shelters and rehabilitation centers
STEP 4: Partner Agencies and Congregations Distribute Food to People in Need
Deserving people from all walks of life benefit from our services. Recipients include working families, those who have lost jobs, children, the elderly, disabled and more. Decentralizing the distribution through community based agencies ensures that food is available in places where people are more likely to seek help.